Redesigning Higher Education – We’re Crowdsourcing the Change

Redesigning Higher Education – We’re Crowdsourcing the Change

00:33 23 September in

Event Details


325 North Wells Street #1000, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

From 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm


325 North Wells Street #1000, Chicago, IL 60654, USA



We will redesign Higher Education to fit 2020 and beyond. Higher Ed is in the middle of a radical transformation. It has been predicted that 50% of our colleges will go bankrupt in 15 years. We will have three speakers representing the complex issues impacting higher education. Their role is to help inform our conversation and get us thinking for our workshop. The only skills you need for this event and workshop are listening and collaboration abilities. Fun it will be!

Event Goal

As always we want you to feel that you can use Design Thinking methodologies and principals to solve any problem. At this meetup we will be focused on our skills in Divergent and Convergent thinking. Team presentations will be part of the attendee experience. We will use Higher Ed as the common subject matter to learn and practice our Design Thinking skills.

Your Participation—Workshop

As with all Design Think events, our speakers activate our thinking and act as our experts to help us design new solutions. We then all break into groups of 5-7 people. Each group will be led through the Design Thinking process to consider how they might redesign higher education? At the end we will come back together and each group will present their ideas.


Sandee Kastrul, Executive Director & Co-Founder, i.c.stars

Meeting the Ever Evolving Skill Needs of Business “Now”

• Overview: The four-year or two-year cycles of our traditional education approach is failing to meet workforce skill needs of rapidly evolving businesses.

Wendy Colby, CMO, Global Edu, Online & Digital Media, Carnegie Innovation

The Evolving Higher Ed Business Model

• Overview: The traditional business model used by colleges and universities is failing all stakeholders, particularly (US) students who are being priced out of educational, and therefore, work opportunities.

Kitty Vorisek, EVP DHR International

Urbanization and Globalization of Business and Talent

• Our traditional higher education system is not delivering a workforce prepared to prosper and lead in the increasingly global market place.